February 24th, 2010
07:59 AM ET
5 years ago

NAACP Image Award to be given to former WH 'green czar'

 The NAACP is awarding Van Jones one of their highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award.
The NAACP is awarding Van Jones one of their highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award.

Washington (CNN) - While Van Jones may have left the White House under a cloud, the NAACP says that's not his whole story.

The group considers him a pioneering hero for the environment and civil rights - so much so that it is awarding him one of its highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award. It's a move that is just becoming public now, which is sure to stoke the fire from Jones critics.

Jones resigned in September 2009 from his position on the Council on Environmental Quality, under a firestorm of criticism over a petition he had signed and his comments about Republicans.

The Obama administration's "green czar" helped coordinate government agencies focused on delivering millions of green jobs to the ailing U.S. economy.

Jones said he was the victim of a "vicious smear campaign" based on "lies and distortions."

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  1. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    What are progressives, who are they? Van Jones knows the answer, he is an admitted progressive.
    They are those who DO NOT believe the US Constitution applies to issues of today! They believe that modern times have changed what Freedom and Liberty mean.
    They are wrong in this thinking, Freedom and Liberty has never been defined in a better fashion, through our U.S. Constitution, of government in the history of Human society. What we truly need is a return to the principles that this country was founded on!

    February 24, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Jeff in Atlanta

    Hmmm.... not surprising based on his views that this is the kind of organization that would give him an award. Not likely he could ever receive one from a freedom loving group.

    Van Jones type thinking is a large part of what is wrong with this country.

    February 24, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. suzy

    Van Jones is a self-avowed communist and 9/11 "truther". The fact that he served as a "czar" is an indication of the corruptness and true idealogical leanings of the Obama administration.

    February 24, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Alice W

    Give this marxist truther a spot in running the commies' news network (CNN). You may get something out of it too, bafoons.

    February 24, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    It's their business if the NAACP want Van Jones to represent their image. Personally, I think it's a mistake and will eventually hurt their standing in the country. Just wait and see which politians flee NAACP endorsements.

    February 24, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    This is so typical of the liberal establishment. Giving phoney awards to people who should be in jail for treason. Look at honest Al Gore, the man should be in jail. Henry Waxman, should be impreached for not pursuing him for perjury in his testimony before Congress.

    February 24, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    After listening to part of Limbaugh's rant yesterday, I am convinced that the only difference between Rush bag and the Goodyear blimp, is that the blimp has less gas.

    He sure can fire up lowlifes.

    February 24, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Brad

    Unbelievable! This guy is nothing but a self avowed communist loser. I remember when it used to be a bad thing to be a communist in this country. Now we give them awards. This guy is nothing but a radical loser that would like nothing better then to "fundamentally change" this country into a chavez like dictatorship. It's a shame the NAACP would consider giving this puke an award. This does not make them look good.

    February 24, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. wendell

    boy now that is something to be proud of naacp...but what else do i expect because you hate America as much as this commie does..

    February 24, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Ok.....give him an award......just because of his race. That's really all you are doing.

    February 24, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. DoNotNeed

    We sure don't need anymore green czars, especially not rabid radicals.

    February 24, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He was tortured by the right wing crazies. We need to focus the country on having sustainable jobs and jobs in environmental helpful areas. We are losing out to other countries that are developing solar, wind, nuclear and other renewable power sources.

    February 24, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. MsDp

    THANKS NAACP – This is very good choice and a very good citizen. The only regret I have is that Van resigned from the position as green czar. My desire would have been for him to stay and fight aganist the GLEN BECKS of the world in addition to performing as the green czar. But the fight aganist ignorance can be done from any position and many locations.

    February 24, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Dar

    Jones said he was the victim of a "vicious smear campaign" based on "lies and distortions."

    Van was victimized alright, but he was the one that victimized himself.
    Their were no lies told about him, unless he was the one telling lies on video. Van sank his own ship and no one had to help him.

    What worries me more is that Odumbo hired this freak and he had to have known what he stood for. I wonder how many more people he has brought into our capital that we dont know anything about.

    Now the NAACP is handing him an award, a self proclaimed communist in our nation. Hummm kind of makes you wonder what is happening to our great nation when we start handing out awards to radicalists.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 24, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Josh

    Congratulations Van. Shame on FIX News.

    February 24, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. PK

    Yup, nobody begs for handouts and abuses government to take other people's monety quite like Van Jones.

    February 24, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Duck Fallas

    Van Jones is a horrible man because he said mean things about republicans.

    Republicans suck.

    February 24, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Mark

    Boy what a class act the naacp is, they sure set the bar low to hand out awards, why would a group that fought against racism give an award to a racist?

    February 24, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Steve

    Glad to see the NAACP will back a self professed communist. Their credibility continues to dwindle.

    February 24, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Nurse

    Lies and distortions? Let his history speak for it's self . By the way most of those green jobs were in europe. How does that help us?

    February 24, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. chaser

    Amazing! and some wonder why people tend to have an uneasy laugh when asked about the legitimacy and honor of the NAACP. What image is being awarded? "modern day socialist promoter who managed to get his toes into the WH?"

    February 24, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |